August 6, 2022

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S.D. Botanic Back garden to host ‘invisible’ augmented reality art exhibit

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Beginning in September, guests to the San Diego Botanic Back garden will be able to admire the crops, bouquets and trees they can see with their eyes, as properly as 13 modern day art “installations” that will only be seen with the assistance of a cellphone or tablet.

The 37-acre Encinitas attraction is 1 of just 12 botanical gardens around the globe participating in “Seeing the Invisible,” a initial-of-its-kind augmented actuality outside exhibition that will consider put simultaneously at gardens in 6 nations around the world. San Diego Botanic Backyard garden is the only California participant in the yearlong show.

The show will attribute initial, a few-dimensional digital artworks produced by 13 of the world’s leading and rising modern day artists, together with Chinese-born artwork activist Ai Weiwei in Berlin, Turkish artist Refik Anadol in Los Angeles and Ghanian artist El Anatsui in Nigeria.

“Salt Stalagmite #1 [Three Bridges],” an augmented reality artwork by Sigalit Landau, one of 13 artists highlighted in “Seeing the Invisible” at San Diego Botanic Garden.

(San Diego Botanic Backyard)

Augmented fact exploded into the community consciousness in 2016 when the app-centered video clip recreation Pokémon Go despatched thousands and thousands of cellphone-wielding gamers all over the world out into streets, parks and tourist attractions to hunt for animated game people positioned at locations on serious maps of their towns.

The know-how works by using genuine-time world-wide place mapping, electronic compass, 3-D modeling and other application technology that permits electronic images or textual content to appear in the precise landscape on a mobile phone or tablet’s movie monitor as the consumer ways the GPS spot wherever the artwork is almost situated. For “Seeing the Invisible,” yard people will download the exhibit’s app and use it to tutorial them as they walk all-around the gardens to discover the concealed artworks with their smart devices.

"Dawn Chorus," an augmented reality artwork by Sarah Meyohas

“Dawn Chorus,” an augmented reality artwork by Sarah Meyohas, one particular of the artists featured in “Seeing the Invisible” at San Diego Botanic Yard.

(San Diego Botanic Garden)

Ari Novy, San Diego Botanic Garden’s president and main government officer, reported “Seeing the Invisible” will increase yet another layer of amusement for park site visitors.

“Botanic gardens are wonderful places to leverage artwork to investigate our romantic relationship with nature,” Novy explained.

The show will be no cost with paid backyard garden admission. The opening date in September has not been declared. Although the 13 art items will be the similar at all 12 worldwide gardens, the place they are positioned inside the backyard garden areas is up to the person qualities.

The artworks will be built to seem as if they the natural way exist within the garden environments and they will be made around themes of mother nature, surroundings and sustainability.

The old world desert garden at San Diego Botanic Garden.

The old world desert back garden at San Diego Botanic Backyard garden.

(Rachel Cobb)

“Seeing the Invisible” was produced in Israel by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Up to date Artwork Fund and co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.

“Coming out of the pandemic when outdoor activities and mother nature have taken on a new this means and gravity in our life, this exhibition signifies a clean way for men and women to engage with artwork and mother nature simultaneously,” mentioned Haring, a new media artwork creator in Tel Aviv, in a assertion. “The interplay of these augmented reality functions in vibrant natural settings breaks down the binary in between what is generally thought of ‘natural’ vs . ‘digital’, and in this way gives an exhibition experience that is a lot much more related to the way we are living today.”

As element of the show, the Eden Task in Cornwall, England, is building accompanying instructional programming for young children, educators and family members at the taking part gardens, which are in the U.S., Israel, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia and Canada.

Other collaborating artists are Sarah Meyohas and Timur Si-Qin, equally in New York Sigalit Landau in Israel Ori Gersht and Isaac Julien in England Mohammed Kazem in Dubai Daito Manabe in Japan Mel O’Callaghan in France Pamela Rosenkranz in Switzerland and Jakob Kudsk Steensen in Germany.

Started in 1970 on Quail Gardens Drive, San Diego Botanic Back garden has 15 gardens representing regions of the globe, 12 demonstration gardens, the largest bamboo assortment in North America and the premier children’s yard on the West Coastline. The back garden is open up Wednesday-Sundays and admission tickets range from $10 to $18. For exhibition specifics, visit

Toni's Tree House in the Hamilton Children's Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.

Toni’s Tree Household in the Hamilton Children’s Backyard garden at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.

(Rachel Cobb)

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